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BBSM warns against ‘favourable’ report by MoI committee

PANAJI: An emergency meeting convened by the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) on Sunday maintained that if the government-constituted Medium of Instruction (MoI) committee releases its report favourable to the government, for its political gains, then the related adverse reaction would be reflected in the nook and corner of Goa.

Chairman of the committee Bhaskar Naik had recently stated that the committee would summit its report to the government by December 30.

Convenor of the Manch Subhash Velingkar said that the BBSM has already brushed off this committee, however, if the committee tries to submit a report, by hiding the factual findings, in order to protect the government, then the same would be exposed by BBSM.

The emergency meeting of BBSM also recalled that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, in 2013, had set up a similar panel, headed by himself, which completely ignored the views of the majority of the stakeholders and educationists, who supported government grants to only those primary schools delivering education in Konkani and Marathi as the medium of instruction.

The meeting also discussed the fact that out of 193 village panchayats in Goa, 172 had supported government grants for primary schools operating in mother tongue as their medium of instruction, as against only 21 panchayats in Salcete and Bardez talukas supporting such grants to English primary schools, when the then minister for human resource development Smriti Irani had carried out a related nationwide survey involving village panchayats.

The BBSM said that the government deliberately kept this information hidden from Goan population.

The BBSM also warned about launching an aggressive agitation against the government on the medium of instruction issue.

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